Speech Contest Winners

1st Annual Maple Leaf Educational Systems English Speech Contest

On May 26, Maple Leaf Educational Systems held the “1st Annual Maple Leaf Educational Systems English Speech Contests” for all elementary, junior high and high school students. Dalian Maple Leaf Educational Park hosted the top 15 finalists who had made their way up through preliminary and semi-final rounds in their home schools.

The atmosphere of the competition venue was very lively. The auditorium was packed with Dalian high school, junior high school and elementary school students who came to cheer on their fellow Maple Leafers. Parents and teachers joined the crowd.

Dr. Sherman Jen, founder and chairman of Maple Leaf Education, opened Maple Leaf Educational System’s first English speech competition with congratulations to the contestants. He indicated that the Maple Leaf English Speech Contest will continue to be an annual event which will grow and provide a platform for more students to showcase the English skills they have developed in the Maple Leaf program.

Dr Sherman Jen speaking

The contestants all spoke passionately on topics such as “May the last drop of water be your tears” and “The importance of reading.” They were judged on their fluency, organization of argument, volume and intonation, and ability to answer questions.

After nearly two hours of fierce competition, the results were in. Dalian Maple Leaf International School student Li Shengqi, Dalian Maple Leaf International School student Xiao Zequan, and Dalian Maple Leaf International School student Wang Changyi won the top spots in their respective divisions.

The top prizes in each division were as follows:

Primary Division

primary division winners

First Prize – Li Shengqi – Dalian Maple Leaf International School

Second Prize – Zhu Xixi – Henan Maple Leaf International School

Second Prize – Zhu Xi – Yiwu Maple Leaf International School

Third Prize – Sun Yunxi of Shenzhen Maple Leaf International Academy

Third Prize – Gan Jingzi  – Dalian Maple Leaf International School

Third Prize – Li Yuxi of Tianjin TEDA Maple Leaf International School

Junior High School Division

Junior High Winners

First Prize – Xiao Zequan – Dalian Maple Leaf International School

Second Prize – Yan Xinyue – Chongqing Maple Leaf International School

Second Prize – Zhang Yichi – Wuhan Maple Leaf International School

Third Prize – Jia Jiaying – Shanghai Maple Leaf International School

Third Prize – Liu Tianrui – Tianjin Huayuan Maple Leaf International School

Third Prize – Li Jialu – Shenzhen Maple Leaf International Academy

High School Division

High School Winners

First prize – Wang Changyi – Dalian Maple Leaf International School

Second Prize – Zhang Yiyuan – Wuhan Maple Leaf International School

Third Prize – Zhong Manlin –  Dalian Maple Leaf International School

The winners received certificates, trophies and gifts.

Jacalyn Kersey, the Assistant Superintendent of Maple Leaf Educational Systems, gave high marks to the outstanding performance of the contestants. She pointed out that the audience was engaged, the content was inspiring, and the English language skills were impressive. She expressed her sincere appreciation to the participants and encouraged them to continue their hard work; participating in public speaking in English is an important way to improve their communication skills.

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